Anime’s uncreative, didn’t you know?February 11, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Rants | 28 Comments
Tags: animu, kawaii desu, lolwaitwhat?, raeg, rant, tl;dr, wtf
Anime is so uncreative, don’t you agree?
Well, according to my applied art teacher that is. Warning, rant and real life is ahead.
So, I wanted to make a big silk square design. Okay, so the design kinda looks like Mariya from Maria†Holic’s OP (left), but hey it wasn’t identical. So I sketched it out and went over to show my teacher the design (She wants to look at them before someone does them). She takes one look at it and says “You can’t do that.” I give a blank stare and then ask why. Her reason? “Anime isn’t creative.”
EXCUSE ME? I guess it took a few minutes before it hit me she was serious in her remark and I finally said “Anime is creative”, to which she then tried to get herself out of the hole she had just dug in saying that “Oh well if I let you do this everyone else will want to do this too.” Referring to, I believe, the fact that she wants to finish up silk projects soon, and so if she lets me get away with my (OMGANIMU) silk design she would have to let everyone else do it if they wanted to. But she’s is ENTIRELY MISTAKEN. Not just in the anime is uncreative part, but in the fact that she SAID I could do the silk project. Because she said I can do it doesn’t mean everyone else can. I am in Honors Applied Art IV (Shh, I know it’s silly, an honors art class! xD), I should be alright to do the projects I please so long as she’s alright with me working on them. I am a honors student in a sense.
Back to the main point. Anime isn’t creative? What a load of BS. She judged the design purely on the eyes. She didn’t even take a look at it past a first glance. Basically anyone reading this knows that anime is defiantly not uncreative. That’s another thing, me and a friend were talking about this whole ordeal and she brought up something a kid in our class said to us once (I guess I had been zoning out or something).
“Don’t you get bored using the same cookie cutter design every time?”
So drawing in anime style is just a cookie cutter? Despite the probably millions of different, but still anime style, eyes? Despite the thousands of ways to color a piece, to ink a piece, to design the piece, to [insert part of artwork of your choice here]? While I will agree, some people may use a cookie cutter theory, but does it look like everyone does? Plus, if we’re talking about it that way, isn’t every style just a big, vague, cookie cutter? What makes drawing in anime style any different from drawing in any other style?
I guess it’s just because them stupid narutards, making their stupid recolored screencap arts. (I’ll give whoever made the one to the right a little credit. At least whoever it was redrew some lines!)
In the end, my teacher has outright insulted my drawing style in all of three words. Congratulations, that is a neeeeew recoooord! Thankfully for her, she’s a teacher and I won’t outright eat them alive without an opportunity in which I will not receive a detention or end up failing the class. Had she not been a teacher, I defiantly have enough to beat down her argument.
If anime’s so uncreative, why are there thousands of series all about different characters, different stories, different [insert story element here]. If the style’s so uncreative, then why can I name piles of series that all have different ways of drawing the “anime style”? Why is it suddenly “not art” the minute you notice the eyes aren’t done realistically? My friend mentioned in our rant/discussion that “Picasso would argue being able to draw outside ‘realistic’ human form is a higher level of thinking”. She also stated that “With enough practice anyone can draw realistically as long as the can copy it”. Which is entirely true.
Example: I had to do this pencil drawing copying a celebrity’s picture. I picked one, and while it turned out decent, it was still just a copy. When I draw normally, that is, in anime style, I don’t need a reference. There are a few occasions I want a reference for outfits or a background, or in some cases the actual pose because I can’t figure it out, but that is an extremely small minority compared to the times I just draw from my own head.
Her statement is entirely correct. I rarely draw in realism, and yet I pulled off a rather decent realistic portrait because I copied it.
Also, bring in some of the designs the other people did. She had them look on the internet (at sites she had bookmarked) at silk projects done by other people. Guess what the kids did (With her permission!)? They printed out the design, traced it, and used it as their project. I’m not joking AT ALL. I’m sorry, but THAT is the most BASIC form of uncreativity out there. Ever. Anime uncreative? Bull shit. You tell me a design I made (for the most part) on my own is uncreative because of the EYES and yet someone who TRACES a design is completely creative despite the fact they did none of the design work, none of the color choices, none of the dimension choices, none of the work. They merely traced it and put it on the silk. And yet I’m the uncreative one?
You’ve GOT to be kidding me.
But I forgot, ALL anime is CUTE. And she HATES cute. Do’h! I must have forgotten! Cute is for MIDDLE SCHOOL. And yes, those are her words. I had enough trouble getting her to allow me to make a Dolfini metal keychain because she thought it was too cute. She then proceeded to say cute is for middle school. But hey, what do I know about art? I’m just a stupid girl who draws big eyes and big heads and has a sheet to trace for every drawing I make, didn’t you know?
Sarcasm aside, I’m really getting sick of her crap reasons for why I can’t do something. I can point out just about everything I used for project ideas came from something in anime style. My Color wheel: Three instruments (Trumpet, Violin, Piano), inspired by the Prismriver Sisters from the ANIME styled game Touhou. My pillow design shape (used to create a design for the front of the pillow): The Player Pin design from the ANIME styled game The World Ends With You/Subarashiki Kono Sekai. My metal peice: Dolfini from the ANIME styled game PangYa!. But because their eyes were not big and animu like (Or in some cases, not there) and thus (most) of them passed by without another word. What makes Mariya any different?
Oh right, the eyes. That’s why.
I’m so sick of everyone focusing so much on the eyes and saying they don’t like it purely for that reason. I know the focus of the anime style is the eyes, but seriously. If that’s all it takes to make it uncreative, well then what a screwed up world we have here.
So let’s list all the things my teacher hates/calls uncreative just for fun!
- Letters in a piece of work.
- Hearts in a piece of work.
- Cute, because it’s SO middle school.
- Anime, because it fits all the above criteria!
- The word “can’t” (It’s apparently not in her dictionary)
Take note how MUCH creativity anime has formed. Without anime, I HIGHLY doubt the cosplayers would have learned to sew. They have to not only figure out how to sew the main outfit, but they have to figure out how to make the partially-physics-defiying portions of the outfit and MAKE THEM WORK. That requires piles of creativity and resourcfulness. Also, without anime I doubt many people who are drawing now would have even attempted to before. Okay, so some of the trace and some of them copy, but without anime would they have even tried? Probably not. FAN FICTION. So some of it’s crap and some of it’s brilliant, BUT IT’S STILL CREATIVITY. So what you didn’t create the characters, you still thought up the storyline! Anime has sparked so many ways to be creative into SO MANY PEOPLE, I cannot BELIEVE her reasoning for why I can’t do a design.
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